Today in Art History: Oct. 17, 1961 – MoMA Hung Matisse’s “Le Bateau” Upside-Down and No One Noticed

3 November 1961 The painting Le Bateau by Henri Matisse was hung the right way up after hanging upside down, unnoticed, for 46 days at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

On October 17, 1961, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York accidentally put Henri Matisse’s “Le Bateau” on the wall upside-down. Taking a look at the pics above, you can see why the mistake was made (left picture: right way; right picture: wrong way.).

However, the fact the it was upside-down wasn’t noticed until December 3rd, 47 days later.


*Via On This Day.

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